Friday, October 5, 2018

God loves you, even if you suck at being good.

I read an article recently that I thought had all kinds of good stuff, “Why I’m a Christian (And Continue to Suck at Being One)” by Benjamin Sledge. I could write volumes about everything he says, but one phrase that keeps coming back to me is the one highlighted below.

So, Why Am I A Christian?

Because I know I’m a train wreck in a dumpster fire. But I also know that God loves me 100% as is, right now, in the midst of the burning carnage that is often my life. I know that if I were to stack up my cards against most church people, I’d fold every time. I’m not that good at following rules, and I run my mouth a lot. And yet, God loves me and is cheering for me as I get better and especially when I fall down. Where I see failure, he sees opportunity for growth. Where I see addiction, he sees an opportunity to take a step. Where I’ve given up, he whispers, “You can make it”. 
So maybe if we can all accept the idea that God’s love is wholly separate from our actions, receive it, and give it to others maybe then we’d have more Christians that look like Christ. Christians that don’t feel it’s important to beat people down with their theology and doctrine, but instead spend their lives in the gutter bleeding alongside other people. 
I think maybe then, we might just see Christ’s kingdom here on earth.
So that’s what I want to say in today’s email. Whatever you do or don’t do, God loves you. His love is not dependent on you. God’s love is wholly separate from your actions.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:1-3

What can I pray for you?

love and blessings,

Mavis

God loves me, even though I'm only an angel when the wings are painted on the wall!
If you would like to send me specific prayer requests and are reading this as an email message, just reply. I will gladly pray with you. If you are reading this in my blog, email me at mavis at moonfamily.cc. I'll keep all communication confidential.

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